Update from the Executive Director
Mill City Commons builds community through an exciting array of programs that connect us to each other and the resources we need to maintain and support vibrant lives as we age. Our program calendar speaks for itself, and our online First Stop Guide has helped so many members find solutions and services that provide assistance and support. This weekly e-newsletter provides information on upcoming MCC programs, News from Members and items of interest in Around Town. Our aim is to provide information that is relevant, educational and community focused.
Vital Aging Network
, one of several local nonprofits who offer education and opportunities for connection, features an
Aging with Gusto
series that is open to the public. The next series will be held at
The Kenwood Senior Living
three Thursdays in March: March 7, 14 & 21, from 10:00 am - noon, featuring how o
ur attitudes about aging have an impact on our quality of life, health and even longevity. To find out more about this exciting series and to register, click here.
The weather the past 10 days has left us feeling housebound. Staff has erred on the side of safety, cancelling several programs which will be reschedule for future dates, but we want you to know that this evening's program, see details below, is ON! Drive safely and mind your step! Members vacationing in warmer climes, lucky you! Please bring back some of that golden sunshine and warmth when you return.
MILL CITY COMMONS: We learn. We share. We engage. We give.
~ Joan Wright
Go Behind the Scenes of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
La Rive Party Room, 110 Bank St SE
With thousands of movies created each year, how do they find their way to the big screens at film festivals? Join us for an insider conversation with MSPIFF and MSP Film Society Programming Director Jesse Bishop on how the annual festival comes together, from film selection to visiting filmmakers to donning awards, and everything in between. The Festival's 38th edition will take place April 4 to 20, and you'll get a special sneak peek at some of the exciting new films coming to the neighborhood this spring.
MCC members sign up here.
Wednesday, February 13, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Washburn Lofts, 700 2nd St S
Join bridge players for a round of social bridge; levels of expertise and experience vary. Bring a partner if you can, and remember to register both yourself and your partner. Questions? Contact Carol Jordan at email@example.com.
MCC Goes to the Movies & Dinner
Wednesday, February 13, 4:00 - 7:30 pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St SE
MCC members sign up here; guests email MCC.
Join MCC members for a dutch-treat mid-week movie and dinner! We'll be seeing "Cold War," set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, where two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an almost impossible romance. The film has received multiple Oscar nominations, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. The film starts at 4:20 p.m., but we recommend arriving by 4:00 to purchase tickets and meet the group. We'll follow with dinner at Jefe at 6:00 p.m., just a short walk down the hall from the theater. Members and guests are welcome to join us for the movie, dinner or both.
NOTE: This is an MSP Film Society screening, so if you're an MSP Film Society member, bring your card and get a discount.
Sunday, February 17, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
RiverWest Common Room, 401 S 1st St
Join your friends and neighbors for the Sunday Soiree, hosted by more than a dozen RiverWest MCC members. Please contribute to the potluck by bringing a hearty hors d'oeuvre or main dish salad to serve at least 8 (we have enough desserts!). As you register, let us know what you'll bring by answering the "Question" that will appear on the screen. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer to share.
Parking tips: Metered parking is available on 1st. St. S. (free on Sundays), and Marquette and 2nd Aves (enforced until 10 pm daily). The Park Board's Lock & Dam parking lot is nearby, just off the road leading underneath the Stone Arch Bridge. The easiest way to reach the parking lot is to go north on Portland Ave, crossing West River Parkway, and continuing down towards the river underneath the Stone Arch Bridge. This is not the parking lot kitty-corner from RiverWest but the one just below that lot and to the east.
MCC members sign up here.
Tuesday, February 19 & 26, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Mill City Quarter Club Room, 322 2nd St S
MCC members sign up here for the February 19 session; members sign up here for the February 26 session.
Mill City Commons members are invited to join in a weekly drop-in meditation hour. This is a time for self-guided meditation; if you're new to meditation, we'll provide a brief explanation to help you get started. Our hope is that meditating with each other may help each of our practices and create a shared energy among participants. Drop-in sessions are on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 am at Mill City Quarter, across the parking lot from Abiitan. An MCC member will be there to greet you at 9:30 a.m. Please register for sessions you plan to attend so we have an idea of how many to expect. All sessions are free.
en's Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, February 21, 7:30 - 8:30 am
Elsie's Restaurant, 729 Marshall St NE
It's caffeine and camaraderie for the male members of MCC and guests! This group meets every other Thursday and is hosted by various members who get the conversation going. Please register by the Monday prior to Men's Coffee and Conversation. This week, MCC member Bob Whitlock hosts. Bob's guest will be Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam, who will speak on the changes in the court pointing to rehabilitation rather than punishment and warehousing of prisoners.
Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Minnesota
Thursday, February 21, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
For more than 200,000 years, humans have migrated to survive for the same reasons: family, food and freedom. Learn about today's refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants from Sarah Brenes, director of the Refugee & Immigrant Program at The Advocates for Human Rights. Sarah will provide an overview of the different ways people may migrate to the United States, what migration looks like in Minnesota and how you can help welcome these new neighbors to the community.
MCC members sign up here.
Great Decisions: Nuclear Negotiations
Monday, February 25, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Dr, Room D104
Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them. The president has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021; the first presidential summit ever with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula; and President Trump has decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations? Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future? Speaker Dr. Mary Curtin had a 25-year career as a State Department foreign service officer before joining the U of M's Humphrey School of Public Affairs as Diplomat-in-Residence in 2013. Among her areas of expertise are nuclear nonproliferation.
Registration on the MCC website is required for Great Decisions members. Sorry, not open to guests; to join the MCC Great Decisions Discussion Group, email Betsy Wray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCC GD members sign up here.
Last Tuesday Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 26, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Black Sheep Pizza, 600 Washington Ave N
In addition to metered street parking (enforced until 10 p.m.), you can use Smack Shack or Loop Valet for $5.
Join us for Last Tuesday Happy Hour at Black Sheep Pizza! Hosted by Bob Callahan and Carol Jordan, this gathering is a time to catch up with friends and neighbors over drinks and small bites. The event is dutch treat--no reservations required. If you'd like to stay for dinner, reservations for 8 or more can be made by calling (612) 342-2625.
MCC members and guests welcome. No registration required.
MCC Program Calendar
View the full calendar of MCC's February events
News From Members
MCC member Will Craig
has updated his
Oscar Crib Sheet
to show the results of Sunday's BAFTA awards. The British Academy Film award has provided a good base for predicting Oscar winners, but this year they went national with
taking top awards for best actress, best supporting actress, best original screen play, and best British film.
took best overall movie and is the odds on favorite to win the Oscar in this category -- much to his chagrin.
MCC member Peggy Lucas
shares that there is an opportunity to hear about the innovative projects that were funded last year by the Mill City Farmers Market's Next Stage Grant Program. The open house will include an interactive poster session with grant recipients, a hearty soup dinner and beverages. The grant program is intended to help build a sustainable, local food economy. The event is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 5:30-7:30 pm, at The Good Acre in Falcon Heights. To RSVP for this free event, click
MCC member Dick Olson
shares that the Conference for Caregivers and Those Supporting a Loved One with Dementia is now open for registration. The conference is scheduled for April 7 from 8:00 am-1:15 pm at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. To learn more about the sessions and registration information, click
MCC member Diane Hoftsede
invites members to participate in the Great River Coalition's 2019 Earth Day 5K Run/Walk and River Cleanup at Boom Island Park! The event takes place on April 20. The race begins at 9:00 am, with river cleanup starting at 9:30 am. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities. Email Diane at email@example.com if you're interested in volunteering or click here to learn more and register to walk or run.
Baseball season is around the corner! Join your MCC friends and family members at Target Field and attend one or more of these Twins mid-day, midweek games in 2019: Houston (5/2), LAA (5/15), Seattle (6/13), White Sox (6/7), Tampa Bay (6/27), NY Mets (7/17), Atlanta (8/7), or the White Sox (8/21). To request seating for these games (or any other on the 2019 schedule), simply e-mail
MCC member Allan Burdick
indicating the games you would like to attend and how many tickets you'd like for each game. Ticket cost: $22 (same as if you were a season ticket holder). Pay when you get your tickets. Last year, 200 tickets were purchased in this program.
Magnet Film Club: 42
February 15, 1:00-3:00 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Come watch the 2013 film
starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, the story of Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey. All are welcome. Learn more
Schubert Club Mix: The Westerlies
February 21, 7:30 pm, The Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE
Based out of New York (but originally from Seattle), the self-described "accidental brass quartet" featuring two trumpets and two trombones takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. The performance will explore jazz, roots and chamber music influences. Expect the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band and the charm of a family sing-along. Tickets can be purchased
March 1-2, 7:30 pm, The Cowles Center Goodale Theater, 528 Hennepn Ave
Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota presents
, a mixed program of new and popular returning works, which range from contemporary to neoclassical ballet. The performance of relevant and approachable works highlights Twin Cities Ballet's artistic vision and innovation, and its dancers' versatility and talent. Essence promises a meaningful and entertaining experience for all-long-term ballet enthusiasts, those new to ballet, and fans of more contemporary dance alike. Tickets can be purchased here.
Mill City Times
is a local website devoted specifically to our neighborhood and a place to go to find out what's happening, whether it's a new restaurant opening, a local event, proposed construction, volunteer opportunities and more.
for community volunteer opportunities on the MCC website!
MCC Ongoing Social Opportunities
Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm
Jefe Urban Hacienda
219 Main St SE
Drop in for an afternoon coffee or drink and a casual chat. No reservations
Readers' Book Chat
1st Wednesday of the month, 10:00-11:00 am
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
No reservations required. The next
Guthrie Play Reading
Tuesday, Feb. 19,
North Star Group
Wednesday, Feb. 27,
Groups will be reading
As You Like It this month.
Rendezvous on 5
Wednesdays, 9-10 am
Guthrie Theater Level 5 Express
Drop in and join your friends and neighbors for fellowship at this neighborhood haunt. This weekly adventure requires no reservations!
Every other Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 pm
700 2nd St S
Enjoy a round of social bridge. Be sure to register on the website!
Men's Coffee and Conversation
729 Marshall Street NE
Caffeine and camaraderie for the male members of MCC! This group meets every other Thursday at 7:30 am and is hosted by various members who get the conversation going.
MCC Women Connect
Join MCC women as they connect and grow, sharing experiences and learning from each other as they adapt to life's changes and transitions. This group meets the fourth Thursday morning of the month.
Mill City Commons
Ongoing Fitness Opportunities
An exclusive opportunity for members, this weekly class focuses on strength, balance
and stretching to keep you fit and strong.
First time participants, please contact G-Werx Fitness at (612) 767-4415 and arrive 20 minutes early to complete paperwork. Cost varies depending on commitment.
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
Stone Arch Lofts Riverside Parking Lot
All levels of walkers are welcome for this early morning walk along the banks of the Mississippi River. An MCC volunteer leads each walk.
Mill City Quarter,
Join us for a weekly
self-guided meditation hour.
Ongoing Member-Led Activities
MCC Caregivers' Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays,
10:30 am-12:00 pm
A way to support members and non-members who are in a caregiving role.
Men's Dutch Lunch
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St S
Alternating Thursdays at 11:30 am
February 14 & 28
This casual, dutch treat lunch alternates weeks with Men's Coffee and Conversation. No reservations required! Questions? Contact